Sarah Flynn, MD, MPhil

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address521 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Stanford University BA2011Human Biology; Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
    University of CambridgeMPhil2017Primary Care Research
    University of Maryland, School of Medicine MD2018
    University of California, San Francisco Internship/Residency2021Internal Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco VA Medical Center Chief Residency2022Internal Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco 2020Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion
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    Stanford University 2010Cap and Gown Honor Society
    University of Maryland, School of Medicine 2016Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    University of Maryland, School of Medicine 2016Gold Humanism Honor Society
    University of Maryland, School of Medicine 2018Faculty Gold Medal for Outstanding Qualifications in the Practice of Medicine
    United States Public Health Service 2018Excellence in Public Health Award

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    Sarah Flynn is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF Health. As a hospitalist, Dr. Flynn cares for patients on a variety of inpatient medical services and also supervises teams of resident physicians and medical students. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has scholarly interests and experiences in health disparities research, quality improvement, implementation science, patient safety, and health systems leadership.

    Dr. Flynn received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University where she majored in Human Biology and minored in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Prior to medical school she worked in the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities on several community-based interventions to reduce hypertension disparities in Baltimore City. She earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Flynn completed a graduate degree in Primary Care Research from the University of Cambridge. Her master's thesis explored how sociodemographic inequalities in patient experiences have changed over time in the United Kingdom. Dr. Flynn completed her medical internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF with additional training as a member of the residency’s Health Systems and Leadership pathway. She then served as a UCSF Chief Resident at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

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    1. Initiating pre-exposure prophylaxis in the inpatient setting: a quality improvement project. BMJ Open Qual. 2024 01 17; 13(1). Flynn S, Adamo M, Kochanska M, Garcia-Grossman I. PMID: 38232981; PMCID: PMC10806652.
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    2. Across race, ethnicity, and language: An intervention to improve advance care planning documentation unmasks health disparities. J Hosp Med. 2024 Jan; 19(1):5-12. Dutta PA, Flynn SJ, Oreper S, Kantor MA, Mourad M. PMID: 38041530.
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    3. Utilizing Inpatient Admissions to Increase HIV Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. American Journal of Medical Quality. 2023; 1(38):66. Garcia-Grossman I, Hauser K, Adamo M, Flynn S, Burbank S, Crawford C, Davis J, Lydon E, Reed G, Kochanska M, Guzman K.
    4. Primary Care Physicians’ Perceived Barriers to Follow-Up of Abnormal Mammogram Results: Opportunities for Systems-Level Interventions. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2022; 1-3. Flynn SJ, Livaudais-Toman J, Kaplan CP, Kerlikowske K, Burke NJ, Pathak S, Karliner LS 2022 Nov 30:1-3. .
    5. The Hospitalist. Key Clinical Question: How Do You Address Ongoing In-hospital Substance Use Among Adults with SUD. 2022; 26(10):15-16. Flynn SJ, Azari S, Esmaili A, Raffel KE.
    6. Sociodemographic inequalities in patients' experiences of primary care: an analysis of the General Practice Patient Survey in England between 2011 and 2017. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2021 07; 26(3):198-207. Saunders CL, Flynn S, Massou E, Lyratzopoulos G, Abel G, Burt J. PMID: 33517786; PMCID: PMC8182330.
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    7. Huppert’s Notes: Pathophysiology and Clinic Pearls for Internal Medicine; Huppert L. General Medicine. 2021. Flynn SJ, Cooke M.
    8. Hypertension Self-management in Socially Disadvantaged African Americans: the Achieving Blood Pressure Control Together (ACT) Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 01; 35(1):142-152. Boulware LE, Ephraim PL, Hill-Briggs F, Roter DL, Bone LR, Wolff JL, Lewis-Boyer L, Levine DM, Greer RC, Crews DC, Gudzune KA, Albert MC, Ramamurthi HC, Ameling JM, Davenport CA, Lee HJ, Pendergast JF, Wang NY, Carson KA, Sneed V, Gayles DJ, Flynn SJ, Monroe D, Hickman D, Purnell L, Simmons M, Fisher A, DePasquale N, Charleston J, Aboutamar HJ, Cabacungan AN, Cooper LA. PMID: 31705466; PMCID: PMC6957583.
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    9. Promoting sustainability in quality improvement: an evaluation of a web-based continuing education program in blood pressure measurement. BMC Fam Pract. 2018 01 10; 19(1):13. Block L, Flynn SJ, Cooper LA, Lentz C, Hull T, Dietz KB, Boonyasai RT. PMID: 29320994; PMCID: PMC5761193.
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    10. A bundled quality improvement program to standardize clinical blood pressure measurement in primary care. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2018 02; 20(2):324-333. Boonyasai RT, Carson KA, Marsteller JA, Dietz KB, Noronha GJ, Hsu YJ, Flynn SJ, Charleston JM, Prokopowicz GP, Miller ER, Cooper LA. PMID: 29267994; PMCID: PMC5820207.
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    11. Improving medical student confidence in clinical skills through a peer-facilitated workshop. Medical Science Educator. 2017; 4(27):701-706. Flynn, SJ, Williams M, Colgan R, Southall, N, Lewin L.
    12. Improving urban African Americans' blood pressure control through multi-level interventions in the Achieving Blood Pressure Control Together (ACT) study: a randomized clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jul; 38(2):370-82. Ephraim PL, Hill-Briggs F, Roter DL, Bone LR, Wolff JL, Lewis-Boyer L, Levine DM, Aboumatar HJ, Cooper LA, Fitzpatrick SJ, Gudzune KA, Albert MC, Monroe D, Simmons M, Hickman D, Purnell L, Fisher A, Matens R, Noronha GJ, Fagan PJ, Ramamurthi HC, Ameling JM, Charlston J, Sam TS, Carson KA, Wang NY, Crews DC, Greer RC, Sneed V, Flynn SJ, DePasquale N, Boulware LE. PMID: 24956323; PMCID: PMC4169070.
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    13. Adapting hypertension self-management interventions to enhance their sustained effectiveness among urban African Americans. Fam Community Health. 2014 Apr-Jun; 37(2):119-33. Ameling JM, Ephraim PL, Bone LR, Levine DM, Roter DL, Wolff JL, Hill-Briggs F, Fitzpatrick SL, Noronha GJ, Fagan PJ, Lewis-Boyer L, Hickman D, Simmons M, Purnell L, Fisher A, Cooper LA, Aboumatar HJ, Albert MC, Flynn SJ, Boulware LE, ACT Study Investigators. PMID: 24569158; PMCID: PMC4002996.
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    14. Oxford Handbook of Health Communication, Behavior Change, and Treatment Adherence. The Role of Culture in Promoting Effective Clinical Communication, Behavior Change, and Treatment Adherence. 2013. Flynn SJ, Cooper LA, Gary-Webb TL.
    15. Facilitators and barriers to hypertension self-management in urban African Americans: perspectives of patients and family members. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2013; 7:741-9. Flynn SJ, Ameling JM, Hill-Briggs F, Wolff JL, Bone LR, Levine DM, Roter DL, Lewis-Boyer L, Fisher AR, Purnell L, Ephraim PL, Barbers J, Fitzpatrick SL, Albert MC, Cooper LA, Fagan PJ, Martin D, Ramamurthi HC, Boulware LE. PMID: 23966772; PMCID: PMC3743518.
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    16. A multi-level system quality improvement intervention to reduce racial disparities in hypertension care and control: study protocol. Implement Sci. 2013 Jun 04; 8:60. Cooper LA, Marsteller JA, Noronha GJ, Flynn SJ, Carson KA, Boonyasai RT, Anderson CA, Aboumatar HJ, Roter DL, Dietz KB, Miller ER, Prokopowicz GP, Dalcin AT, Charleston JB, Simmons M, Huizinga MM. PMID: 23734703; PMCID: PMC3680084.
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